The Foreigner (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Foreigner adheres strictly to action thriller formula, but benefits from committed -- and out of character -- performances from its talented veteran stars.
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Martin Campbell directed this twisty, bracing political thriller, giving Chan room to display his dramatic ability and letting Brosnan flesh out a vigorous, complex character who's surrounded by frenemies with secrets of their own.
Chan is perfectly fine as a man who feels he has nothing to lose, but his hollowed-out gaze and Death Wish-style crusade can't compensate for how numbingly thin this all is, stringing together just enough plot to justify the eruptions of violence.
It's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film.
The Foreigner is a good, lean cut of meat-in other words, a typical Martin Campbell movie, expeditious and cold-blooded in its cross-cut, cloak-and-dagger plotting and violence.
I'm not sure anyone has plans to turn this into a franchise, but I certainly want to see more from this Chan-aissance.
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I didn't know that Jackie Chan is the main actor. The film has almost everything that I'd prefer to avoid.
Jackie Chan just keeps fuckin' bringing it doesn't he? The serious tone of The Foreigner fits him well, but the role he plays seems oddly shoehorned in. I understand that the movie is in actual fact based on a novel called The Chinaman, which I assume unfolds more or less as the film does. But the Troubles-themed Political Drama makes up most of the runtime in The Foreigner, and the Action/Revenge Thriller element seems almost like at some point in pre-production the crew went "Holy shit, did you know we can put Jackie Chan in this? Quickly! Write him a role!". Although I'm sure that it's not the case, that is how it feels, and while the Action/Revenge Thriller element is the best part of the movie, its failure to mesh with the piece at large does bring it all down a bit. Still a worthwhile watch if you're a fan of the Chan.
Martin Campbell directs and so, a pro effort from first to last. The script? Okay, so the script is a steal from The Taken series, but everything else, including the execution is the goods. Jackie Chan downplays his usual over-the-top schtick for a decent serious effort and Pierce Brosnan is solid as a politician trying to get things moving towards change. A thriller, yes, but a well done effort.
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